Castleways finally closes

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Castleways four buses including this O ptare Versa have been sold to Marchant’s Coaches which took over route 606
Castleways four buses including this O ptare Versa have been sold to Marchant’s Coaches which took over route 606

Castleways of Winchcombe closed as expected after the close of business on July 31 following the retirement of brother and sister John Fogarty and Rowena Mccubbin

Marchant’s Coaches of Cheltenham took over the 606 Winchcombe – Cheltenham service operated for the past 43 years and the firm’s four service buses – a pair of Mercedes-Benz Citaros, an Optare Versa and a Solo. Also acquired are a 70-seat Plaxtonbodied Volvo B7R and a 10-metre Bova Futura. 

Castleways was founded by Trevor Fogarty and his wife June, John and Rowena’s parents who took over the Gillett business in Winchcombe, which then operated five vehicles. The firm was well known for the smart turn out of its vehicles. Coaches wore a Washington blue livery that was so dark many assumed that it was black. Supermarket chain, Budgens has submitted plans to build on the Castleways depot site.